In Canadian politics, the "summer barbecue and kissing babies circuit" or simply, the barbecue circuit refers to the summer activities of Canadian legislators and politicians during breaks from parliament and the provincial legislatures. This involves stopping in a many community events in order to meet constituents. The term refers to the ubiquity of grilled meat (barbecue) at such gatherings.
The 2012 barbecue circuit began in late June with events related to St. Jean Baptiste Day/Fête Nationale events in Quebec. In 2012, federal Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair visited the Calgary Stampede and was voted the best dressed politician by the Globe and Mail. Also at the 2012 Calgary Stampede, Alberta's rival conservative leaders, Alberta PC Premier Alison Redford, and Wildrose Opposition Leader both attended Prime Minister Harper's barbue party, as did other Canadian conservative legislators included federal and provincial cabinet ministers.
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